The Christian Monastery of Mar Saba

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Excerpt from the book "Before their Diaspora" by Walid Khalidi:"The Christian monastery of Mar Saba, commemorating a Byzantine ascetic of this name who died in A.D. 531. The monastery is located in the wilderness southeast of Jerusalem. Mar is the Arabic word for "saint". Many Palestinian Muslim shrines honor Hebrew prophets and Christian saints."